Postvention tools and resources

Remember: evidence in suicide prevention is limited. It’s important to understand the level of evidence of the program or strategy you are implementing.

After a suicide: A toolkit for schools, developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, is a toolkit to help schools respond to a death by suicide.

Coming together to care: A suicide prevention and postvention toolkit for Texas communities was developed as a practical resource for community leaders to support suicide prevention and postvention activities.

A Guide for Early Responders Supporting Survivors Bereaved by Suicide, developed by the Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network for early responders and offers information about suicide loss. 

Hope and healing: A practical guide for survivors of suicide is a guide for those who lost someone to suicide. This resource was developed by the Suicide Response Initiative of the Calgary Health Region, with support from the Alberta Mental Health Board, and adapted by the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) with permission for use in BC.

Responding to critical incidents: A resource guide for schools, developed by British Columbia’s Ministry of Education, provides guidelines for responding to a critical incident in schools.

Suicide postvention in schools: Responding effectively! Preventing contagion, a webinar by Scott Poland, discusses the rationale and primary goals of postvention, provides recommendations for schools and districts as well as resources for schools and district leaders.

Suicide postvention toolkit for secondary schools, developed by Headspace, provides information to support schools in responding to a death by suicide.

Supporting Minds: An educator’s guide to promoting student’s mental health and well-being, developed by Ontario's Ministry of Education, includes postvention strategies specific to schools. 

Teachers’ Experiences of Working with Students Who Have Attempted Suicide and Returned to the Classroom explores teachers’ views on what they need to be able to effectively help students feel connected, valued and safe, when a student attempts suicide and then returns to the classroom.

The Riverside Trauma Center Postvention Guidelines, developed by the Riverside Trauma Center, provides organizational postvention guidelines.

What emergency responders need to know about suicide loss: A suicide postvention handbook is intended as a guide to emergency personnel (specifically police officers, emergency medical technicians and crisis intervention specialists) when responding to a death by suicide.